Abraham Lincoln, (1809–65) president during the American Civil War, had a deep and long-lasting interest in and impact upon crime and punishment. A self-taught lawyer, Lincoln enjoyed a brilliant legal career before ascending to the presidency, with vast experience as both a trial and appellate lawyer. Although his tenure as president saw him focused primarily upon military matters, Lincoln was forced to deal with many issues involving crime and punishment caused by the conflict facing the United States at that time. Specifically, Lincoln ...

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